This from the South Milwaukee Fire Department …
On Friday night at 23:26 (11:26 PM) the South Milwaukee Fire Department received a call for a fire at Willowcrest Nursing Home. On arrival we encountered an active fire in the laundry room. Firefighters from South Milwaukee advanced hose into the fire room and were able to extinguish the fire quickly. We utilized our mutual aid agreement (working still) with Oak Creek, Cudahy, Saint Francis and the 128th Air National Guard who assisted in moving nursing home patients to protected areas of the nursing home away from the fire. With the frigid weather, evacuation of patients (all of which have mobility issues) was not an option. Nursing home staff and the South Milwaukee Police were also active participants in the patient movement.
The fact that the facility is protected by a well maintained sprinkler system (which activated) is a major contributor to the success of this event. There was an active fire in the laundry room!!! The sprinkler system kept the fire isolated allowing us the window we needed to advance hose and extinguish the fire (which is labor intensive). Without the sprinkler system, combined with the aggressive action by our firefighters this fire would have been catastrophic.
The cause is still under investigation and the Fire Chief can update anyone interested when he returns.
At this time there are no injuries to firefighters or civilians to report.
Thanks again to our firefighters for putting their lives on the line every day to keep us safe … and thank God no one was hurt.
Halfway through the local Christmas shopping list, and I’m checking it twice …
This time, it’s a shoutout for our terrific local children’s book author, Janet Halfmann.
We’re the happy owner of several of her books, and I highly recommend many of her titles.
Learn more on her website. And here is my 2012 12 Days post. Janet also has a Facebook page.
Passing on a note from the school district …
Tickets are still available – but must be ordered by Tuesday — for the 35th annual Ye Olde Christmas Feaste set for Dec. 14 and 15 at South Milwaukee High School.
Join the South Milwaukee Music Department and South Milwaukee Music Parents Association in the merriment and joy that the holidays bring. Join us in transporting back to 15th Century Rennaissance England with a six course dinner with live vocal, string, woodwind and brass entertainment to delight you.
Tickets are $30 for a single and $150 for a table of six (discounted rate).
Ticket order forms available on www.rocketmusic.org ,and you can drop off the form and payment by end of day Tuesday at the main high school office, door 9.
Update: Don’t forget Anytime Fitness, too. There is information in the comments section of this post.
Why not give the gift of good health this holiday season?
My 2012 12 Days post talks about some of the local options, including Sorce Martial Arts, Anchor Fitness and Dowling Community Acupuncture. I’ll add a few more to that list …
- Moxie Fitness, 1234 Milwaukee Ave. Here is my previous post on Moxie, which opened earlier this year.
- South Milwaukee Fitness Center (located on the high school campus). My dad is a member, and it’s very affordable.
- South Shore YMCA. OK, this is across College Avenue from South Milwaukee, but it’s worth a plug here.
In other words, there are lots of local choices for those focused on wellness in 2014. Take advantage of them.
Check out these South Shore headlines …
Today, some love for our local jeweler …
You have a lot of choices on where to buy your jewelry, and I encourage you to shop local this holiday season and pay a visit to Donn Powers Jeweler, 2110 10th Ave.
You get a nice selection, along with terrific customer service — in fact, chances are you’ll run into Don if you stop in. And they service what they sell, which is something you just can’t at get most competitors.
Check out their website here. And here is my 2012 12 Days post on Donn Powers.
I’ve written a lot about the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, and for good reason — it’s a unique selling point for our city, an amenity that many communities our size can not boast.
And there are some great shows (Christmas gift opportunities) coming up, including the “Calmus: Christmas a Cappella” on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and a show by the Milwaukee Ballet II on Jan. 25.
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
And check out my 2012 12 Days post on the PAC here.